Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Diabetes: UK hospitals have appaling lack of specialist services
Patients with diabetes are at increased risk of having a foot amputated because of an "appalling" lack of specialist services, according to recent Diabetes UK report . The probability of a patient with a form of diabetes having an amputation is 20 times higher than someone with normal control over their blood sugar. The charity said 84 hospitals in England and Wales, out of the 206 surveyed, had no specialist diabetes foot-care teams. Amputation is normally preceded by the formation of ulcers on the foot, however, rapid treatment can heal the wounds before amputation is needed. A report by NHS Diabetes, in March 2012, showed the specialist services could save money.